Whether you are self-employed or working for someone else, you should make it a habit to review and renew your resume once a year. Some people do it around their birthdays, others do it in September, while still others do it at the start of every calendar year.
Many people believe that their resumes are a detailed chronological review of their professional lives. I believe that your resume is a detailed description of your strengths and your most impressive accomplishments in your professional life. Your resume supports why a client or organization should hire you for a new role or why they should keep you employed in your current role.
I often see resumes that list each job followed by a list of the tasks and responsibilities that accompanied each job. After reading the first few lines of a resume with this type of content, most if not all interested parties would put this resume aside as it lacks information, imagination and innovation.
If your resume is a merely a list of jobs and responsibilities, here’s how to rev it up so it will be interesting, informative, innovative and you will be instantly invited for an interview.
Rev up your resume with results – time savings; money savings; sales increases; productivity increases; revenue and profit increases; client/customer growth and satisfaction; team, personal and organizational growth and development initiatives; excellence in managing change, conflict and deadlines.
Your resume is a sales document where you are selling yourself and your skills and abilities. Be proud of your hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence and make sure that every word of your resume reflects these qualities that are sought after by any individual in a hiring position.
Even if you are happy in your current role, dust off your resume, rev it up and apply for a few positions that stretch and interest you. If you get a request for an interview, accept it. It’s important to interview for a job at least once a year to keep the marketplace aware of you and your skills and have the opportunity to sharpen and practise your interview skills. Watch for a future post on how to interest, inform and impress an interviewer.